This is one of those films where as soon as it was released, it felt immediately iconic and like a game-changer for action films. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, dir. George Miller) is the fourth in the franchise, which began with the classic Mad Max in 1979. Its synopsis is as follows:
An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (source)
Here are some of my thoughts on this mindblowing film.
- I don’t have a lot of regrets in life, but my most recent regret is not seeing this amazing film at the cinema.
- I loved this. I was planning on watching this on a small airplane screen (more on that later on in the year), but I’m so glad a good friend of mine convinced me to watch it on his big television.
- Still, I can’t help but imagine how breathtaking this would have been on the big screen.
- I loved that the film was basically a non-stop chase sequence with brief breaks where the audience is able to catch their breath. We really needed those breaks because the pacing and action was relentless.
- The creative aspects of Mad Max: Fury Road are also top notch – with amazing and appropriate music choices, beautiful cinematography (I may have to do another post on this aspect of the film alone), and really exciting direction by George Miller.
- Mad Max: Fury Road makes you feel like you’re a part of this insane car chase. It’s kind of an exhilarating experience.
- One of my most favourite things about this, though, was Charlize Theron’s performance as the strong and sensitive Imperator Furiosa. She is so powerful and feminine and it’s refreshing to see a film highlight and celebrate this (even though the advertising seemed to deliberately hide how dominant her role was in the film).
- And you can’t fault Tom Hardy as the one and only Max, a ferocious performance with a relative lack of dialogue but a lot of impressive action scenes.
- As far as I’m concerned, this film is eligible for so many Oscars – best actress, visual effects, cinematography, maybe sound mixing as well. And certainly George Miller for best direction.
- I continue to be so intrigued by the world of this film. The mythology feels so richly detailed but I have so many questions about it.
- And how’s about the guitar flamethrower guy? What a boss.
- If you’re like me and never saw this in cinemas, then we can suffer together. But this is still worth watching on a television screen. What an amazing film.
Watch the trailer here.